Us­ing the right gear and lures equals good re­sults

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Most times, September means great fish­ing for large­mouth bass with top­wa­ter ac­tion at night and early morn­ings in the Yuma area, es­pe­cially at Colorado River wa­ters.

The right gear can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence to de­tect the slight­est change in feel that oc­curs when a bass takes your plas­tic worm or other ar­ti­fi­cial bait.

Try us­ing fish­ing line light enough that al­lows you to cast a wide range of lure weights but small enough to keep the bass from see­ing it in clear wa­ter. The proper weight of line will give you a max­i­mum feel as well as ad­e­quate strength.

Keep your eyes locked on the line where it pen­e­trates the wa­ter’s sur­face in or­der to catch line move­ment or ten­sion change. Keep hooks sharp and the slack out of your line so you can set the hook quickly.

For open-wa­ter fish­ing, an­glers sug­gest try­ing 6-pound test for quar­ter­ounce lures, 8-pound test for 3-ounce lures and 10-pound for half-ounce lures. For weedy, brushy cover, raise th­ese line tests by four pounds each.

Mouths of river chan­nels go­ing into lakes, shore­lines with abun­dant growth and points with nearby dropoffs can be good choices for top­wa­ter and while calm wa­ters may work best for top­wa­ter plugs, it also works in rougher wa­ter as long as the lure is noisy to mag­nify its pres­ence. Be sure to re­trieve slow and steady when the cast is to a shal­low wa­ter struc­ture — of­ten the fish will strike dur­ing a pause in the re­trieve. If this doesn’t work, vary the speed be­tween fast and slow — and al­ways keep the slack out of your line.

As the weather gets a bit cooler, bass tend to be­gin hid­ing out in heavy cover such as dense weeds, brush piles, fallen trees and reedy shore­lines that will bring on a va­ri­ety of tac­tics to bring re­sults.

Also try an in-line spin­ner­bait such as the Sna­g­less Sally, the lead-head jig or a Texas-style 12-inch plas­tic worm — check with deal­ers for other lures also hav­ing a big ap­petite ap­peal for bass. Or if you like to fish crankbaits, use the sink­ing type — the lipped or li­p­less kinds that de­scend ver­ti­cally to re­main close to wait­ing bass.

A neu­tral buoy­ancy lure made by Rebel, Smith­wick and Storm that is weighted to sink so slow it ap­pears sus­pended, is also worth try­ing. Sus­pendots or metal­lic stick-ons can be added to make a float­ing lure sink, plus al­ter its ac­tion from a wide wig­gle to a nar­row one.

With an in-line spin­ner, the blades cause the lure to wob­ble off cen­ter, ideal for ac­ti­vat­ing a pork or frog trailer. Re­trieve only fast enough to re­volve the spin­ner and bring it through heavy cover.

For lead­head jigs, use a 1- to 2-ounce lead­head with a soft plas­tic curly tail or cray­fish body. Cast high over thick weeds and let the heavy body fall through thick cover to the bot­tom. Work it with gen­tla twitches of your rod tip to give it good up and down mo­tion.

Soft plas­tic worms can be worked over and through the thick­est weeds. Try ac­ti­vat­ing the lures to im­i­tate the crawl­ing, wig­gling, dart­ing move­ments of frogs and craw­dads. The foot-long gi­ant worm is very at­trac­tive to whop­per bass. Work them with a 6/0 worm hook over the sur­face. Be­cause they are heavy, no ad­di­tional weight is needed for them to wig­gle over, in and along dense cover They also work well Tex­as­rigged with a 3/9-ounce sinker.

Don’t hes­i­tate to visit deal­ers in town and check over what they have to of­fer. Be­cause their work is with lo­cal fish­er­men, they, most times, are full of tips and ad­vice on what may work well and tech­niques to try — they can also give you some clues on where to fish this time of year for best re­sults. Fish­ing with bass clubs in town works well, too, with most fish­er­men will­ing to share their knowl­edge gained through fish­ing so much at Yuma ar­eas.

Fish­ing clubs

• ABA Amer­i­can Bass – Yuma di­vi­sion: If you haven’t fished the Yuma area ABA tour­na­ments, they will be­gin when weather cools. Call Jeff Woods at (952) 824-0553 for in­for­ma­tion on be­com­ing a mem­ber and get signed up to fish.

• The Desert Draw Se­ries Bass Fish­ing Club: The new club is be­ing formed by Michael Ob­ney who will hold a meet and greet at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 for in­ter­ested fish­er­men and ladies at his home, 11229 E. 24th Place (south side of I-8, off For­tuna Blvd. in the Foothills). Call Mike at (928) 750-7081 with your ques­tions.

• Yuma’s High School Bass Fish­ing Club: A great way for any young­ster to learn all about fish­ing for bass. Mem­bers of both the Yuma Val­ley Rod and Gun Club and Desert Bass An­glers as­sist the kids in pro­vid­ing boats and equip­ment as well as guide the young­sters, both guys and gals, in gain­ing fish­ing know-how’s. Call Terry Hurt, school spon­sor, at 580-6567 or visit Stu­den­tAn­glerFoun­da­ to get started.

• Boat­ing and wa­ter­craft reg­u­la­tion changes aimed at in­creas­ing cus­tomer ser­vice and pub­lic safety on Ari­zona’s wa­ter­ways now in ef­fect: The Ari­zona Game and Fish Com­mis­sion ap­proved the amend­ments to the state’s Ar­ti­cle 5 rules, which out­line boat­ing and wa­ter sports reg­u­la­tions and fees, at its April 7 meet­ing. The Gov­er­nor’s Reg­u­la­tory Re­view Coun­cil ap­proved the pro­posed changes on June 6, and rec­om­mended as part of a legally re­quired five-year re­view of the Ari­zona Game and Fish De­part­ment’s ad­min­is­tra­tive rules.

The fol­low­ing are among the changes in ef­fect now: In­creases the valid time frame for a tem­po­rary cer­tifi­cate from 30 to 45 days, and al­lows a wa­ter­craft agent to is­sue a tem­po­rary cer­tifi­cate with the sale of a used wa­ter­craft. Per­sons will no longer be al­lowed to rent or lease per­son­ally reg­is­tered wa­ter­craft, un­less the wa­ter­craft is reg­is­tered as a liv­ery busi­ness. A plac­ard must be af­fixed to the wa­ter­craft be­ing rented or leased that dis­plays the busi­ness name and tele­phone num­ber. Re­quires a wake surfer to wear a per­sonal flota­tion de­vice and an op­er­a­tor en­sures an ob­server is watch­ing if a per­son is be­ing towed be­hind the wa­ter­craft and/or surf­ing a wake cre­ated by the wa­ter­craft. Pro­hibits teak surf­ing, which is pulling a per­son from a ves­sel’s swim plat­form. Re­quires tow­ing com­pa­nies to no­tify the owner/lien holder they have taken pos­ses­sion of a ves­sel within 15 days of ob­tain­ing the in­for­ma­tion from the de­part­ment. Makes the owner fi­nan­cially re­spon­si­ble for the tow­ing and stor­age of a wa­ter­craft il­le­gally moored.

Fees are wa­ter­craft trans­fer fee to $13, du­pli­cate de­cal and cer­tifi­cate num­ber fee to $8, dealer cer­tifi­cate of num­ber fee to $20, es­tab­lish an aban­doned/un­re­leased wa­ter­craft ap­pli­ca­tion fee of $100, trans­fer of own­er­ship of a towed wa­ter­craft ap­pli­ca­tion fee to $100. This is the first time wa­ter­craft fees have in­creased in more than 30 years. For more in­for­ma­tion on boat­ing in Ari­zona or to sign up for a safety course, visit­ing.

Hunt hap­pen­ings

• Hunt Ari­zona Game and Fish ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for 2017 Her­itage Fund grants: The Ari­zona Game and Fish De­part­ment is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for more than $400,000 in Her­itage Fund grants.

The dead­line to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion is 5 p.m. Oct. 31, to be el­i­gi­ble for grant fund­ing, which will be avail­able through a com­pet­i­tive ap­pli­ca­tion process in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion, out­door ed­u­ca­tion, school­yard habi­tat, ur­ban wildlife/habi­tat, pub­lic ac­cess; and Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, In­ven­tory, Ac­qui­si­tion, Pro­tec­tion and Man­age­ment (IIAPM).

In ad­di­tion to gov­ern­ment agen­cies, the de­part­ment wel­comes non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions to ap­ply for a Her­itage Grant as el­i­gi­ble ap­pli­cants. This el­i­gi­bil­ity ap­plies to any non­profit group which meets the in­ter­nal rev­enue ser­vice def­i­ni­tion of a 501(c) or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The Her­itage Fund was cre­ated after vot­ers ap­proved an ini­tia­tive in 1990 and is funded through Ari­zona Lot­tery ticket sales. Her­itage fund­ing goes to­ward con­ser­va­tion ef­forts such as pro­tect­ing en­dan­gered species, ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents and the gen­eral pub­lic about wildlife and the out­doors, and cre­at­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for out­door recre­ation.

The grant pro­gram was es­tab­lished by AZGFD in 1992 as part of the over­all Her­itage Fund pro­gram. The grants were ini­tially de­vel­oped as a way to pro­mote out­reach to en­hance im­por­tant part­ner­ships and gen­er­ate fresh ap­proaches in sup­port of the de­part­ment’s mis­sion. Since the grant pro­gram’s in­cep­tion, the de­part­ment has awarded more than $16 mil­lion and sup­ported more than 800 projects through­out the state.

Ap­pli­cants for this year’s grants should re­fer to the doc­u­ments on our Her­itage Grant web­page for guid­ance on ap­ply­ing. The doc­u­ments in­clude the Her­itage Grant ap­pli­ca­tion man­ual, the grant ap­pli­ca­tion form and the var­i­ous “Her­itage Grant Fund­ing Win­dow” doc­u­ments, which de­scribe el­i­gi­bil­ity in­for­ma­tion and pro­vide spe­cific el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria listed within each grant sub-cat­e­gory. Po­ten­tial grant re­cip­i­ents must have a project that is either lo­cated in Ari­zona or in­volves re­search in which the wildlife or its habi­tat is lo­cated in the state.

Shoot­ing sports

• Yuma 4-H Shoot­ing Sports: A re­minder that the 2017-18 train­ing sea­son for 4-H young­sters ages 9-19 will be­gin Thursday at the 4-H ex­ten­sion of­fice with a 7 to 8 p.m. class to sign up, take a safety class with ques­tions/an­swers about the year’s project. At that time, the young­sters will pay a one time $10 fee for con­sum­ables. Ac­tual train­ing will be­gin 9 to 10 a.m. Satur­day at the west gate of the Yuma County Fair­grounds with other train­ing times to fol­low. If you have a young­ster who is in­ter­ested in be­ing a part of a 4-H club in or­der to get into their shoot­ing sports pro­gram, call the 4-H of­fice in Yuma at 726-3904 or Stan­ley Gour­ley at 344-0740 to learn what they of­fer.

• Rene­gade Archers of Yuma: There will be a 3D an­i­mal shoot setup and ready to shoot by 7:30 a.m. to­day, open to all archers at the Foothills Archery Range, east of Foothills Blvd., south side of I-8. Call Kevin at 726-0953 or Jean at 247-4450 more in­for­ma­tion and di­rec­tions to the range. If you would like to shoot archery but don’t yet know how, give us a call so we can bring bows and ar­rows along for you to use with in­struc­tions al­ways free. We’ll as­sist in your learn­ing. The prac­tice range at the Foothills Archery Range is open (free use) day­light hours all week for your much-needed prac­tice and en­joy­ment. Do what you can to pre­vent van­dal­ism while at the range so all can en­joy.

• Yuma Trap and Skeet Club: Any­one in­ter­ested in trap and skeet can shoot 8 a.m. to noon Satur­days and Sun­days. It’s sum­mer hours still so no week­day matches un­til fall. Call Bob Avila at (928) 919-0622.

• Yuma Ter­ri­to­rial Lon­gri­fles Club: Open black pow­der matches at the Adair Park range, 1st and 3rd Satur­days at 8:30 a.m. Call Roger Bickel at 726-7453. Ask about .22 matches.

• Cholla Gun Club: A a full sched­ule of shoot­ing is of­fered at the Adair Park metal­lic sil­hou­ette range, be­gin­ning again this fall, and all open to the pub­lic with in­struc­tions avail­able upon need. Call Rick Kel­ley at (928) 502-0736.

• High Power Ri­fle and Pis­tol Club of Yuma: 3X 600 mid-range matches at the Adair Park big bore (high power) range will be held Oct. 14 with the vin­tage ri­fle matches on Oct. 21. Pis­tol matches sched­uled for 2017 are can­celled as of now but we may re­sume them in 2018. Call Joseph Murek at 627-4556, Paul Lerma at 580-7456 or Ger­ald Brooker at (858) 349-1311. Visit the club web­site at hpri­ or e-mail Joe at um­ or brook­erg­er­

• Yuma Match­mas­ters: A va­ri­ety of matches are of­fered each month at the Adair Park small bore range, all open to shoot­ers at 7 a.m. with the steel chal­lenge the 1st Satur­day, multi-gun matches the 1st Sun­day, IPSC com­bat matches the 2nd Sun­day, cow­boy fast draw the 3rd Satur­day and SASS cow­boy matches the 4th Satur­day. Call Irene Sny­der at (209) 613-4598 or Ge­orge Wag­ner at (719) 660-9466 with ques­tions.

• South­west Bowhunters Archery Club: Archery is of­fered on Sun­days with their prac­tice range also open all week. Call Keith Parsels at 7821097.

Con­tact Jean Wil­son at jean­rene­gade@ or call 247-4450.


A MAN SITS IN a chair with his fish­ing pole, his dog by his side, on one of the man-made jet­ties at Mit­try Lake, lo­cated north­east of Yuma along the Colorado River above La­guna Dam.

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